WWE released Matt Riddle in September following an incident at JFK Airport which saw the allegedly intoxicated pro wrestler accuse a TSA agent of sexually assaulting him. For the sports entertainment giant, after a series of suspensions and controversies, it was the straw that broke the camel's back, and Riddle was fired.
Recently, we learned that Riddle will square off with Rob Van Dam in a dream match at "Big Time Wrestling Presents The Reunion 3" in the OU-Shoemaker Center in Chillicothe, Ohio on Saturday, March 9.
Since then, it's been announced that Riddle will also appear at MCW Pro Wrestling's "Winter Blast" event on February 3 for a meet-and-greet with fans. As of now, it's unclear whether the former WWE Superstar will be wrestling at the show, though we'd say it's likely.
With his WWE non-compete nearly at an end, it appears Riddle is getting ready for a fresh start with a surprising new look. As you can see in the photo below, he's chopped off his hair in a bid to give himself something of a refresh before hitting the independent wrestling scene.
Earlier this month, Dave Meltzer shared some insights into Riddle's plans when he said, "His people have already been in talks with a number of pro wrestling, MMA and boxing companies regarding working there. The only two that have come out are PFL and Bare Knuckle Boxing. Nothing can be announced until December when his non-compete ends, and yes, his non-compete does extend to MMA and boxing."
In a statement on social media following his firing, Riddle said, "Just wanted to inform everyone that I’m no longer with WWE. Thank you for the memories and opportunities also thank you to all the fans for the support and love you give me every time I go out to the ring. See you all soon."
While Riddle's recent actions have been questionable at best, it will be good to see him get another chance on the independent wrestling circuit and there's always a chance he can work his way back to WWE. We're shocked AEW hasn't moved to sign him, but the last thing they need is another problematic star.
Riddle's old tag team partner, Randy Orton, is making his long-awaited return to WWE this weekend at Survivor Series following a career-threatening injury. We'd expected The Viper to turn on his "Bro," but that's now one of those "What If...?" storylines fans will forever wonder about!
What do you think about Riddle's new look?